Nominations now open for Oxford’s unsung heroes

Published: Friday, 17th March 2017

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan, is inviting nominations for the annual Certificate of Honour Awards which celebrates the invaluable work of Oxford’s voluntary community.

Oxford City Council is appealing for your help to find the unsung heroes in our city whose compassion and dedication make a vast difference to the lives of so many. We hope that members of the public will take the time to nominate someone they know who deserves praise and recognition for their voluntary work.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan, said: "Volunteers are critical to the wellbeing of our city and play a major role in achieving the positive aims we all hold for our families, friends and wider community. From voluntary participation in local activities to personal care of family, friends or neighbours, the act of volunteering stimulates a sense of community in a city that is constantly growing and diversifying.”

All nominations will be considered by a panel of independent judges; the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and the Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA).

Nominees do not have to live in Oxford, but the service and support they provide must be carried out within the city over a substantial period of time. Full terms and conditions can be found of the City Council’s website and are detailed on the nomination forms.

You can complete your nomination online at www.oxford.gov.uk/certificateofhonours. Hard copy nomination forms can also be collected from the reception desk at Oxford Town Hall or requested via email at civicoffice@oxford.gov.uk. Completed hard copies should be returned to: Certificate of Honours, Civic Office, 3rd Floor, St Aldates, Chambers, 109 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DS.

The closing date for nominations is 4pm on Wednesday 12 April.

This year’s winners will be invited to an awards ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor at Oxford Town Hall in May.